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Author: Gerald Cohen; Stephen Goranson; Matthew Little
Publisher: Milton : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
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"This is an etymological study of the origins of the word kibosh, which has long been one of the great mysteries of the English language. Unconvincing derivations have been suggested from Yiddish to Gaelic and Italian, and thus far consensus among lexicographers has leaned toward referencing the word as ‘origin unknown’. ?In this study, the authors present convincing and important new evidence in favour of the  Read more...
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Cohen, Gerald.
Origin of Kibosh : Routledge Studies in Etymology.
Milton : Taylor and Francis, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Cohen; Stephen Goranson; Matthew Little
ISBN: 9781351809900 1351809903
OCLC Number: 1007086695
Description: 1 online resource (172 pages)
Contents: ""Cover""; ""Half Title""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Contents""; ""List of figures""; ""Preface""; ""1 Overview""; ""2 Introduction: â#x80;#x98;origin unknownâ#x80;#x99;; previous works; chronology""; ""3 Penal Servitude!, continued""; ""4 Spread of put the kibosh on from Cockney speech into standard slang""; ""5 Kibosh in several newspaper accounts""; ""6 Additional attestations of kibosh Cornelis Stoffel 1894""; ""7 Three competing etymologies are unconvincing""; ""8 Personal observations""; ""Appendix 1: Anatoly Libermanâ#x80;#x99;s 2013 article â#x80;#x98;Three recent theories of kibosh, continuedâ#x80;#x99;"" ""Appendix 2: Kibosh-from-kurbash etymology, evidently first proposed by Matthew Little (November 2009)""""Appendix 3: Several newspaper items about chimney sweeps""; ""Appendix 4: Political complexities in Britain of the early 1830s""; ""Appendix 5: Notes & queries items on a Yiddish origin of kibosh/kybosh""; ""Annotated bibliography""

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"This is an etymological study of the origins of the word kibosh, which has long been one of the great mysteries of the English language. Unconvincing derivations have been suggested from Yiddish to Gaelic and Italian, and thus far consensus among lexicographers has leaned toward referencing the word as ‘origin unknown’. ?In this study, the authors present convincing and important new evidence in favour of the derivation of kibosh from the word for a fearsome Middle Eastern whip, known as the kurbash. ?This monograph is one of the most significant etymological works directed at a single phrase. It is the gold standard on deep-drill, focused and exhaustive single-word lexicography and will be of interest to lexicographers and linguists in the relevant fields. "--Provided by publisher.

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"Mr Cohen [...] worked with his co-authors to piece together how "kibosh" came into British usage in the 1830s. The resulting book 'Origins of Kibosh' in the Routledge Studies in Etymology series, Read more...

 
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